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Tulip Cheese Lunch

I made this lunch for myself to celebrate the arrival of spring. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Tulip – Cheddar (cut with a cookie cutter), romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, feta cheese Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Tulips – honeydew … Continue reading

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Cheese and Carrot Daffodils for Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Carol. I was inspired by this. As usual, it was a simple and satisfying meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Daffodils – Cheddar cheese cut free-form with a knife, thinly sliced rolled carrots inserted … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Easter Dinner

While my friends were visiting from Japan, I wanted to give them some cultural experiences so I decided to celebrate the secular side of Easter with them. The 7 year old Anna helped set the table.  In the photos, you … Continue reading

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Bear in the Woods Tart for Lunch

I made this for my friend Mayumi’s mother during their stay at my home. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Blueberries Bottom Left: Cashews with green chocolate candies Right Side: Tree and bear – spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), Tomato Tart

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Crown Pizza Lunch

I made this lunch for Anna, my friend Mayumi’s 7 year old daughter during their visit from Japan. Container: U Konserve Contents: Crowns – cheddar and mozzarella cheese pizza (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries, strawberries

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Flowers for Lunch

I made this for my friend Mayumi’s mother during their stay at my home. Mayumi requested nature as the theme. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Flowers – Cucumber and carrots – cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles Top Right: Butterfly … Continue reading

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Dance Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Mayumi’s daughter while they were recently staying at my place. I am fond of Anna and remember her as a dancing five year old during my 2017 Japan trip. It was a time … Continue reading

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Ballet Themed Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Mayumi during her recent stay to my home. While planning their lunches, I asked Mayumi what theme she would like and she said ballet. Note: Plastic Ballet themed cupcake ring  is a non-edible … Continue reading

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Statue of Liberty Lunch

I made this lunch for Ayato, who is my friend Mayumi’s 12 year old son. He was very interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty. I made this lunch on the day that we visited Niagara Falls. Regrettably while in … Continue reading

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USA Themed Lunch

My friend and language partner Mayumi visited from Japan with her mom and children. I made this America themed lunch for Mayumi. We toured Rochester / Niagara Falls for two days before visiting NYC. I created themed lunches for each … Continue reading

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Hippo Lunch

Last Saturday, my friend Mark came over for a vegan and gluten-free lunch. It was my first time cooking for him and I asked if he had any theme or food requests. We agreed that the theme would be “easy”. … Continue reading

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Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner

My 20 year old niece came over for a cute and easy weeknight dinner. I was inspired by this but wanted it to be very easy so I bought two bread bowls from Panera Bread. I showed the cashier what … Continue reading

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Shamrock Pizza Lunch

I was surprised that I had never made broccoli shamrock pizzas before this year. In 2016, I made spinach shamrock pizzas. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrock pizzas (cookie cutter), with broccoli and mozzeralla Top Right: Ricotta with dill Bottom Right: … Continue reading

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Vegetable Rainbow Lunch

I made this lunch for my co-worker Angie. It is supposed to be a vegetable rainbow with a black olive and corn pot of gold. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Rainbow – red bell pepper, carrots, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, blue … Continue reading

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Shamrock Snack Lunch

I don’t make snack lunches for myself very often. In the past I frequently made them for other people. I should make them more often for myself since they are fun to eat. Container: ELB Snack Boxes Contents: Shamrocks – … Continue reading

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Shamrock Polenta Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself to take to work. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrock – broccoli inside shamrock cut-out with a cookie cutter, homemade polenta with cheese Top Right: Shamrocks – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter Bottom … Continue reading

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Girls Day Hinamatsuri Dinner

My 20 year old niece and I celebrated Girl’s Day (Hinamatsuri) together. We both got carried away taking photos because it turned out so cute! A majority of these photos were taken by my niece. We have celebrated Girl’s Day … Continue reading

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Thai Inspired Vegan Dinner

Last Saturday, I invited my friends Carol and Deborah over for dinner and Scrabble. I tend to only invite one friend over a time so it was a nice change to invite two different friends over on the same evening. … Continue reading

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Dino Snack Lunch

I made this cute dinosaur themed lunch for myself to eat at work. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Wegmans Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas Top Right: Dinosaur tortilla chips – Spinach, garlic and pesto tortillas cut with … Continue reading

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Vegan Vegetable Trio

A few weeks ago, my friend Deborah came over for lunch. When I told her my plan was to make a vegan stacked vegetable trio, she said she could make a vegan layered dessert. I love menu planning and took … Continue reading

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Dog Black Beans with Polenta Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself and ate it at work. I find dogs to be adorable but I prefer well behaved dogs that do not jump up on me. One time when I told my young nephew that … Continue reading

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Valentine Breakfast

Happy Valentine’s Day! I am a planner. Since having a blog for nearly 8 years, it has become normal for me to celebrate some holidays ahead of the actual holiday. In January, while planning what I would do on Eclectic … Continue reading

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Abe Lincoln Lunch

I made this quesadilla lunch for my friend Carol. I enjoy my large cookie cutter collection. It enables me to quickly make themed meals. This is my 3rd Lincoln lunch and the 2nd with this cookie cutter. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left … Continue reading

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Cat Bento Lunch

I made this lunch for myself and enjoyed it at work. It was my first time to use this cat rice mold set that I received from a friend in Japan. I guess I am a cat person more than … Continue reading

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Year of the Pig Bento Lunch

Happy Lunar New Year! It is the year of the Pig. This was a simple but satisfying lunch that I enjoyed at work. Since I was born in a pig year, my friend in Japan sent this cute pig figurine. … Continue reading

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Groundhog with Shadow Lunch

I have a tradition of making various Groundhog Day themed meals. Another tradition is that without context, people don’t know what it is supposed to be. My friend Renae helped me a lot with this one. I texted photos of … Continue reading

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Frog Broccoli Pizza Lunch

These little pizzas are supposed to look like frogs. I considered not sharing this lunch but I did enjoy eating it at work so I am sharing it here. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Frogs – pizza dough cut with a … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi Dinner

My friend Carol joined me for a dinner of homemade gnocchi and a game of Scrabble. I decided on gnocchi because I still had not used my gnocchi board. Now that I have used it, I want to use it … Continue reading

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Turtle Mashed Potato Lunch

I made this turtle themed lunch for my Mom. She is always happy to eat one of my cute meals. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Turtle – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, shredded cheddar markings, eye … Continue reading

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Deer in the Snow Lunch

I made this mashed potato meal for myself. I love using this cute little deer cookie cutter. This is my second time using it with sweet potato. I have also cut fawn shaped polenta and tortilla chips. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: … Continue reading

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Moose in the Snow Pancake

My 16 year old niece and I made this pancake moose last August. The theme was mostly her idea and she did the styling. Moose – Pancake cut with a cookie cutter, chocolate chip eyes Snow – Whipped cream from … Continue reading

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Snowflake Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad. I don’t enjoy driving in the snow but it can be beautiful. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowflakes – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, cooked broccoli Top Right: Snowflakes … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year! I made this meal for myself on a day that I made other cute lunches for my parents and friend Carol. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: 2019 – cheddar cheese (cut with cookie cutters), Easy Focaccia (I made … Continue reading

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Top 10 Bento 2018

As usual this time of year, I am excited to share my favorite bento lunches from the year. I made this USA themed meal as part of my on-going series of themed potato salads. Yes, the jam lines are not … Continue reading

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Favorite Non-Lunch Posts from 2018

A majority of my posts in 2018 featured lunch but I am proud of some of my non-lunch content. These are my favorites from 2018. My friend Carol and I are still talking about this dinner I made before we … Continue reading

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7 Continents Dinner

This year I decided to host a 7 Continents Dinner on Christmas Day. The theme was A Culinary Trip with Santa Around the World. Adults can enjoy the spirit of Santa with kindness and food from around the world. My … Continue reading

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Christmas Breakfast 2018

My family says that I seldom make the same food again (not true!). I have a traditional Christmas breakfast that is enjoyed by all. In 2016, I was too emotional to make my traditional breakfast the first Christmas without my … Continue reading

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Candle Themed Lunch

I made this candle themed lunch for myself. It seems fitting to celebrate light since this time of year has so little daylight. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Candle – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then shaped with a cookie cutter, basil … Continue reading

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2 Candy Cane Themed Meals

I made both of these candy cane themed meals for myself. This year, I kept seeing women with brooches on their winter coats. I decided to join them and my first brooch of the season is a candy cane brooch. … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Man Cheese Rice Lunch

I made this Gingerbread Man lunch for myself to eat at work. I enjoy adding chocolate details to melon. It looks cute and is delicious. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Gingerbread Man – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Dreidel Lunch

Happy Hanukkah. I made this lunch for my Mom. Growing up, my Mom helped give us opportunities to learn about other cultures. So when I wanted to make a Hanukkah themed lunch, it seemed fitting to make it for her. … Continue reading

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Angel Bento Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Carol on a day that I also made packed lunches for my parents and myself. It was an easy and festive meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angels – cheddar cheese (cut with cookie … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

My Mom and I prepared a Vegetarian Thanksgiving this year in Delmar, NY. It had been awhile since we did this and is my first time to share it here. My Mom outdid herself with the gorgeous decorations and table. … Continue reading

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Apple Themed Dinner and Leftover Lunch

Last week, my 20 year old niece came over for dinner. When I asked for her meal request, she said apples. I had fun planning an apple themed dinner and we both had leftovers for lunch the next day. Container: … Continue reading

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Halloween Dinner 2018

My friend Carol and I enjoyed this Halloween dinner. She made the beautiful arrangement. Ghost Salad – I turned this into a ghost salad by cutting apples with a small ghost cookie cutter, this salad with maple dressing is a … Continue reading

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Spider Bread

I made this spider shaped bread meal for my Dad. This was my inspiration. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Lettuce, tomato, parsley Bottom Left: Watermelon, blueberries Right Side: Spider – 30 minute cheese bread, with cinnamon sprinkled on top, legs – … Continue reading

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2 Pumpkin Themed Lunches

I made both of these pumpkin lunches for myself. The first lunch is a continuation of my series of themed vegetable potato lunches. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Pumpkins – cooked sweet potato, orange bell pepper, and orange cheddar (cut with … Continue reading

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Candy Corn Lunch

This candy corn themed lunch doesn’t have any actual candy corn in it. I made it for my co-worker Angie since I like to make meals for other people. I am pleased with how it looks. Maybe it will make … Continue reading

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3 Leaf Themed Lunches

I made this for my 19 year old niece when she stayed with me in June. It is a fun autumn themed meal that I gave her in the summer since I like to work ahead. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: … Continue reading

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Pineapple Meal

I made this pineapple featured ingredient meal for my parents and myself while at their Lake House for a weekend. I have made this rice recipe many times with my friend Dennis. It looks different this time since my Mom … Continue reading

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